PRACTICING COURAGE IN THE WILDERNESS
Based on Living Compass “Practicing Courage with all your heart, soul, strength and mind”
“ I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that youmay be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
This is one of my favourite passages of scripture. Every year I write it on the gift we give the grade 12 LOGOS students who are graduating high school. I often write it on confirmation cards too and I pray this prayer of Paul’s for myself and for others. The Christian life is the way of love and what a blessing to know the full measure of Christ’s love for us!
In our culture, the idea of love is often talked about as a feeling. A deeper understanding of love, though, is grounded in the realization that love is first and foremost a decision, an act of faith, an act of courage, an act of the will. To love in the face of fear, in the face of overwhelming challenges, and even in the face of death is to make a decision, a choice, to love.
In our journey together this Lent, we have been reminded that this choice takes courage, ongoing courage, to choose to walk the way of love one day, one decision, at a time.
The New Testament is overflowing with teachings about the way of love. Yet no teaching is more powerful than the actions we recall this week as we walk the way of love with Jesus through Holy Week.
What do you think of the idea that love is much more than a feeling, that it is a decision, a choice, a way of living? Can you think of a time when it took courage for you to walk the way of love? What did you learn from that experience?